2005-2008

8 0 " P a s t e l P a i n t i n g s

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These large-scale 80" Pastel Paintings followed the 40" pastels. Working horizontally, I completely wet the large sheet of paper and worked from the nude model with compressed pastel, which, when wet, is very intense, thick, spontaneous, uncontrollable and sensuous. I could not be clean or accurate, but I could wash out and put in new heads and figures as often as needed until something unexpected happened. By this process a world peopled with unusual characters emerged. I discovered a form of psychological realism, a commentary on the human condition and interrelationships. It's the psychological aspect that interests me, and I believe the viewer responds to. It sucks them in and keeps them there, sometimes uncomfortably so.

The Family, 2007
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Threat, 2006
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Private collection
Large Red, 2007
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Private collection
Waiting, 2005
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Outsiders, 2006
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Pink, 2008
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
(that's my pink hand holding shoulder)
Two Couples, 2008
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Untitled (3 Figures), 2007
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
The Bonnet, 2005
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Private collection
Tunnel People, 2006
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Private collection
Untitled (Stripes), 2007
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Eleven Figures, 2006
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Who Knows, 2007
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Seven Figures, 2005
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
The Party, 2005
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Group, 2006
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Leaving, 2006
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Guys & Dolls, 2008
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
One Woman, 2008
ink and pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Mr and Mrs and the Kid, 2005
pastel on paper
26 x 80 inches
Last 80" Pastel, 2008
ink and pastel on paper
30 x 78 inches
Three Figures, 2008
pastel on paper
40 x 80 inches